Middle Park fishing report: Grand Lake fishing well for lake trout
For the week of July 16.
Lake Granby: Rainbows are being caught in the backs of bays. The evening bite is very good when you find the fish, cast a small spoon or fly directly into the rise. The key to this bite is finding the hatch. We found it last weekend in the shallow grassy bays. There are a few Kokanee being caught in columbine bay by trollers using down riggers and squids. Lake trout are being caught 50 to 120 feet deep. Jigging plastic jigs or spoons tipped with sucker meat has been effective. Trollers have been doing very well trolling spoons tipped with sucker meat or “GULP.” Using sonar to find fish is very important to success whether you’re jigging or trolling.
Grand Lake: It is easy to tell that summer has hit the Grand Lake area. The crowds are in full swing on and off the water. Please use extra caution while navigating around the lake especially when near shore due to the amount activity in these areas. Even with the large crowds and warm water, the lake trout fishing remains very consistent. The fish are much deeper than they have been in the past month or two but remain eager to eat a well presented tube jig at the depths. The deeper you can find structure right now, the better. The rainbow and brown trout bite remains good but you must be casting from shore well before the sun raises and hits the water. Small spoons, crankbaits and even bait fished near the bottom is taking fish right now. Please remember that the boat inspections are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is always a chance of having a small wait at the ramp due to the amount of boats putting in/taking out so please plan accordingly.
Williams Fork: Surface temp is up to 66 degrees in the early morning. Water level is holding at 99 percent. Lake Trout bite is still good but the fish are working into deeper water each week. This week we were catching in 80 to 100 feet of water on rubber grubs tipped with sucker meat and a slow presentation one to two inches off the bottom. Northern Pike are very slow on bright sunny days. Overcast skies with light wind in the evening hours will increase you chances of hooking a trophy. Kokanee Salmon trolling is slow due to low population density, but I did see a couple of small schools along the north east rocky shoreline near the buoy line. Rainbows are breaking the surface early morning and late evening. A fly and bubble or small spinners/spoons should produce some hits.
Bernie Keefe has been guiding the Middle Park area for over 25 years. For more info on fishing the area or on booking a guided trip please check out http://www.fishingwithbernie.com.
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